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  1. MissReid

    Day 2

    Day 2 Hello! Hope you all had a good day. Thanks to it being a sunday I had another day without makeup. Even though it’s only been one day without touching my face there is already an improvement. My skin is less red, some scabs have healed and flaked away and there are no new spots today. I did knock the head off of one tiny whitehead under my eyebrow today before I realised what I was doing. But that was it, and everytime I found myself leaning in towards the mirror to inspect the state of my pores I managed to make myself stop and step away. My period started today so I’m praying for no huge hormonal spots! Day 2 was a success! H x
  2. MissReid

    Day 1

    Day 1 Hello readers! I hope that by keeping a daily blog on my progress that I can motivate myself through this challenge and help combat my utter lack of self control. Today has been a stay at home day so I’ve not worn makeup which is nice. I picked and squeezed the hell out of my face these last few days so right now my face is a red, scarred, blotchy, scabby dry mess. I tend to pick when I look in the mirror. I always find myself looking for imperfections as I suffer from low confidence and self esteem. But then after picking my pores which obviously makes my skin look worse it only worsens my self esteem which in turn has me examining myself in the mirror again - a vicious circle of self sabotage. There has been a few moments today where I caught myself leaning in towards the mirror to look for clogged pores but I managed to catch myself and stepped back from the mirror. Day 1 has been a success! H x
  3. I always read posts on here that are sometimes a bit dated, and I wonder how the person ever made out. So for anyone who happens to peak at my previous posts, I can say with confidence that ive made amazing strides since then. The OCD like face washing has ended. I don't miss work or outings because of my face, ever. I live an absolutely normal life and don't let my acne stop me from doing anything. But unfortunately, I do still have a picking problem. I wake up every morning, pop/squeeze any new pimples that may have popped up overnight, and scratch the scabs off any old ones I'm not currently using any acne products because they eat my face alive. I use dial sensitive soap to wash in the morning before applying my makeup. I'm going on a trip at the end of the month with my boyfriend, and my goal is to have a better looking face by then. Ive GOT to quit picking and will document daily. Please, please any feedback is so greatly appreciated.
  4. Hi everyone. I have posted a few times on here now, always on the "emotional and psychological effects of acne" page, because that's the most important one, I feel. I started having acne when I was 13 (I am 22 now) and have been self-conscious about my face ever since. When I read through peoples' posts, I can relate. I also NEVER go out without makeup, I overanalyze myself in the mirror on the daily, and I hate having my picture taken lest my latest zit shows up on camera. Side note: the state of my acne is mild- I have maybe 10 active pimples of all sizes, and pink scarring on my cheeks. I am also taking Dapsone gel and birth control pills. Anyway, when will I finally decide that enough is enough? Don't you have enough of obsessing over your skin? The only definite cure, I have decided, at least for myself, is to stop valuing external beauty to such a gross, unnecessary degree. I have been wearing makeup (foundation) basically every single day for the past 10 years of my life, not to enhance my beauty, but to cover up my face in shame. Since I'm so used to seeing my face all covered up, my natural face seems distorted, ugly, and in need of fixing. Let's not lie to ourselves- makeup can be severely damaging to the self-esteem when it's used as a crutch. Starting today, December 20th, I will not wear makeup for 30 days straight. I'll fly through Christmas and New Year's, and take family photos, all without my thick mask that shields me from my true self everyday. And guess what? I'LL SURVIVE. Who is with me? At the end of 30 days I will post my emotional and psychological results. I hope that as time goes on, I will realize that people don't care about my acne as much as I think they do, and that beauty truly is on the inside...
  5. Meelespea

    I Will Not Touch My Face!

    Hello I've been dealing with acne for quite a lot of time and learned that most of the harm comes from touching my face
  6. sh1234

    Dec 22nd Challenge

    Ugh!!!!!! Failed yet again!!!! Picked since my last entry. Like, a full on picking spree last night. Just right out of control. Fell into that trance and just could not stop. I was picking spots multiple times over, even after i knew i had gotten everything possible out, even if i knew there was NOTHING in there in the first place, just hoping something would come up. I just couldn't get out of the trance so kept going over and over the same spots for absolutely no reason. Felt like complete shit afterwards. I cannot even describe the feeling that i get after i have come out of the trance. Its like i have let myself down SO MUCH, i cant even believe that i would do that to myself . I just feel totally doomed because im doing it to myself, no matter how hard i try not to. Then there's the feeling when you wake up the next morning, and remember what you did last night, and know that when you go to the bathroom and look in the mirror you are going to look a fucking mess. BUT its a miracle because right now almost 24 hrs later its almost like the picking spree never happened, with the added bonus of some things i picked being better than before (flatter). Anyhoo, in my desperate searching for some way to get my picking under control i found a YouTube video of hypnosis for skin picking. Its the first one that comes up when you google skin picking hypnosis videos, some English (i think) guy with red hair. Let me tell you!!! I listened to the session the night before last and WOW. I want to say it really works, but i did have that picking spree the very next night HOWEVER i felt amazing and like something had changed in me right up to that point. I actually listened to an OCD one first before i found one specific to skin picking. But like, i was so deeply relaxed, and actually started crying during it because it felt very freeing. Like it was breaking me free from the obsession to pick. Then i found the skin picking one, and im not even kidding, the next morning i had NO urge to pick, felt so in control, was convinced i would never pick again. Then i got too close to the mirror that night and the urge was too strong i couldn't pull away. I am going to listen again tonight and every night until it takes full effect! I'm telling you i am a believer. Anyways, ok the Dec, 22nd challenge. Today is the first. I have gotten a miraculous fresh start from last nights spree, so as of today, the 1st, i am going to do everything in my power to not pick, seeing how much my skin will heal by Dec. 22. THE 22ND, because i have a hair appointment that day. Yes, and we all know how uncomfortable that can be with bad skin. The lighting, the up close and personal with your sylist, the big mirror, staring at yourself literally for hours on end. The getting your hair washed and water splashed on your face, and the nakedness of sitting in the chair with wet hair up. NO, i need acceptable skin for that kind of ordeal. PLUS, to get a head start on NO-PICK 2018 amirite?! So, that's about all for now. Failure, hope in hypnosis, and Dec 22. PS - Totally meant to mention earlier that i have not been using face wash for like, ever. I've used one small container of Lush face wash since July. And it ran out like a month or two ago and I just couldn't be arsed to buy more because the Lush in my town closed, and the nearest is 2 hrs away LOL so i just haven't been "washing" my face, just rinsing with water and i must say there's no difference anymore. Maybe beacsue ive been off the face wash for so long my face is just used to it. Anyways, just though i'd log that as well!
  7. Meelespea

    I Will Not Touch My Face!

    Hello! I've been dealing with acne for some time and learned that most of the harm comes from touching my face. So I challenge myself to stop touching my skin until August, starting today! Once I managed to leave my face alone for a month but unfortunately got back to the old habits.. Acne can be rather depressing. I'm not sure how different food affects my skin since its bad anyway (picking&popping), but I've been a vegetarian for a year and recently eliminated gluten and sugar from my diet, also avoiding processed foods. So let's do it!
  8. Hello, my name is Lina, I'm 14 and I think I had acne all over my face since 2 years ago? 2 and a half? Anyways, it's really bringing my self-esteem down and the fact that I'm overweight doesn't help either? Do you think it's possible to actually get rid of my acne even though I'm fat and I don't wash my oily hair every day? So one thing that I do A LOT is not only pick dry flakes (old pimples that are gone?) and pimples and such, but I also hold up my head with my arms which means my hands touch my cheeks and mouth a lot. I've been noticing this since I began to see how bad my acne was becoming, but I just ignored it saying, "Eh, it's just a bit." It is 6:50PM in my area so I am starting my challenge now! Like others, I'm restarting if I touch. Day 1 My face is itchy! Also, I've been avoiding my face by touching the area between the front of the chin and the neck which is surprisingly smooth and zit-free. Maybe I should lean in by holding up that area?
  9. Manimau

    Clear Skin Challenge-

    Hi everyone, This is the first time I am writing anything, anywhere on the net. Let me begin my story. I have had acne since I was 14 years old and I am 26 now. One to two year having acne which turned moderate from mild I went to a derm. Obviously nothing worked for me, no medication, no cleansers, no moisturisers, nothing. I had back acne too for couple of months. Do you know what happened to the back acne? It cleared completely. How? Cause I did not have tme to care for it as it did not show outside. And what happened to face acne? Its still there and now I also have hormonal acne. Painful. Any ways I have been reading so much on internet, watching youtube for all possible things I can do for my acne. And yes it worsened cause of me begging to each product and using it to clear my acne. It does not work that way at all. It is so frustating when you do not have great skin. I stopped applying my acne topical creams for the first time in say 7-8 years, or more. Every single day as long as I remember i applied medicine before sleeping. And its been 3 months since i stopped it and my face is a wreck. As i stopped those I kept applying natural things like tea tree, jojoba oil etc etc etc... but you know things never work for me. Finally I decided that there are so many acne suppressed by medicines and I wll jut let them come out and wait and watch.. No touching, no caring.. Being girl I still dont like make-up and very seldom use it. I made a soap at home. Bought glycerine base with olive oil (melt and pour), mixed cucumber, green tea and mint and mixed it and let it set. I use that to gently wash face twice a day and moisturize with cold pressed organic extra virgin coconut oil. its been a week. My face does hurt but a lot less. My skin does not look horrible and looks like skin. And I have just stopped bothering now about my acne. I am not going to try anything new nothing nothing new on my skin now except this. I use homemade soap dont know its effectiveness but I dont care I just know its if not good or better atleast equally worse as everything out there. Lets see ho this challenge goes. I am not going to change my diet as its quiet nice. I barely have any sugar as I drink green tea with honey, I drink milk or have dairy whenever I have too..Like ice creams I dont want to lose out on life for clearing my skin. I think Trying less hard and being happy is going to help. And thats the hardest thing to do...Lets see how my challlenge goes. Today I will consider as the first day of my challenge 10-24-11... will keep updating..I have no idea if this ill work for anyone else. But I hope it works for me. But I think that not irritating the skin will help many people...
  10. OMGmahface

    Day 30 (Pics)

    Day 30- Did not pick today. Last day of my 30 day no picking challenge! I'd have to say, although it wasn't a complete success, because I did pick a little, it was still a great success! Ever since I started this blog, I went from picking at 15 things on my face to 1 or 2 or none! I went from a scabby pepperoni pizza face to a uh... red cupcake sprinkle face? haha I cant believe the results in only 30 days! Minimizing my picking definitely lowered the red mark counts on my face. The ones that are still there have started to fade, too! From now on, I won't be writing an entry everyday but i'll be back with updates at least once a week. Seeing this improvement has definitely motivated me to lessen my picking. Most days, I don't even have the urge. I actually feel two little plugs on my face right now, but I kinda don't care. wow wow Red mark healing on the way Anyways, pictures will be at the end of the entry. Right now I feel like writing reviews for my antibiotics. I guess the above paragraph ^ is a review of the 30 day no picking challenge. Week 11? I believe: Duac - awesome. the duac I get from my derm are expired samples. Expired by two months, so I know they aren't as potent. Its either because of that or because my skin is so use to the abuse that it doesn't burn or hurt when I put duac on. Its like a night time moisturizer... that doesn't really moisturize. I get flaky skin once every 4 days, which I exfoliate without a problem. I've noticed the sample tubes that have been expired for more than 3 months don't even flake my skin :/ useless. But still, its gotten rid of my blackheads not even AHAs could do that for me. Solodyn/minocycline - GREAT! it made my skin so freakin soft! even my body skin. Didn't go through a purging process. Killed majority of my acne in 2-3 weeks. The thing i'm most amaze about is my chin! I use to always have at least one cystic pimple on my chin the past 3 years. One disappears and a new one takes its place but since ive been on this drug, I've had NONE! NONE!!! CRAZY NONE! and i'm nearing my period right now (getting bad cramps already) but my chin is still clear! The scars from before are softening up. I do still get one pimple occasionally on my cheek, I assume its because I sleep on my side, but its no biggie. I did get some scares with those potential cystic pimples in between my brow, but they haven't emerged after 2 weeks or so... which i'm guessing that means they'll stay down. Now, the solodyn is a lot better because u can eat it with food and I didn't get any side effects, so i'd recommend it if u can afford it. THe minocycline, I had a bit of a problem with the food shit... it made me depressed at the beginning (not anymore) and its still causing fatigue. But i'm able to suck it up :/ OH! yeah, just gotta say, it's also fucked up my appetite: I'm always hungry and I gained weight..... Anyways, the before/after pictures. the real reason why people are here anyways. LOL j/k j/k These pictures were taken in my room after dark, so they don't have the best lighting, nor are they the best quality. sorry Starting duac and solodyn: I think this is when I started the 30 day no picking challenge: THE END ^^
  11. charliejaxon

    Not popping spots challenge

    I'm Charlie, I have mild to moderate acne on my chin and around my mouth which I assume is due to hormones:(. I have a terrible habit of popping and picking my spots which I know makes them much worse and obviously spreads the bacteria causing more spots. So, I'm going to start the 'no touching acne challenge', I aim to do it for this month and see if it helps and hopefully carry it on after the month is over! My facial routine (in case you were wondering) : .In the morning I just splash my face with cool water and don't rub or anything and I'll let it air dry. .As part of the challenge I'm going to stop wearing face makeup completely but I would normally apply a very minimal amount of concealer onto my spots. .In the evening I use a mixture of jojoba oil and coconut oil and rub it on my face, wipe it off with cotton pads to remove dirt and then use a wet face towel and just wipe it over my face.
  12. Acne has controlled me for too long. I always want to stop, but I never do anything. It is what I do when I am stressed or bored. My ADHD medicine makes my addiction worse. I don't have bad skin naturally-me popping pimples gives me bad skin. I am the source of my bad skin. It's all on me. I hate it so much that I have considered breaking my finger to stop. I attack my chest and arms (where there are tiny blackheads) when my face clears up. They end up looking like a horror movie and they hurt a lot after binging. I often pop for an hour each weekday. I hate it, but I am tired of trying. (I had a bigger paragraph, but I posted and something went wrong and I lost 30 min of writing). I am good at being forced to do something or being expected to. I wanted to try the challenge and this way my progress could be accounted for. Even if no one reads this, I don't want to disappoint-I want to live up to expectations. Wish me luck
  13. sh1234

    Dec 23rd Report

    Okie dokie well here i am, the day after my December 22nd challenge.. and i must say im pretty happy with where my skins at right now. It was *decent enough* for my hair appt yesterday, and i found something while shopping yesterday that i think will hit it home. Its a retinol cream i found at winners, i used it last night and already could see an improvement this morning. Will keep using! My picking has been pretty under control since theres not much to pick at right now. However, I did have an under the skin golfball on my forhead for a few days. Like, i dont know what it was. It was like, not cystic, not a pimple, just my forehead swelled up LOL. I would put asprin mask on it and ice it and take an aspirin and eventually it went down. Merp.
  14. Hi! I can’t tell you what an emotional relief it’s been to find that this community exists online. I'm definitely a stress picker and it's taken me a long time to realize it's a real thing -- I’ve been trying to stop picking and squeezing for about 8 years, with periodic success and many relapses. I hardly ever use sterile tools and I know it’s been so bad for my skin and such a stressor in my life; I often wear makeup to bed so I don’t have to reveal the level of my scars to my boyfriend…It’s bad. But! I was reading a piece about how to change your habits and it seems to boil down to identifying triggers and redirecting them, and creating accountability for yourself (and doing it cold-turkey). This past week I paid attention to my triggers and wrote down when I felt the urge and what I can do with those feelings instead. So this Friday (June 16th) I’m challenging myself to a No-Pick Sixty – to not pick for 60 days straight (and hopefully the rest of my life…). Planning to post periodic updates here and would love to share in successes and struggles with anyone at a similar point. There are so many resources just in this forum that I’ve yet to fully sift through – but trying to remember that there’s no time like the present! Best wishes, Lisa